Kim Hunter Overview:

Legendary actress, Kim Hunter, was born Janet Cole on Nov 12, 1922 in Detroit, MI. Hunter died at the age of 79 on Sep 11, 2002 in New York City, NY .


Sweet-faced, intelligent American actress with dark, coppery hair who sprang to prominence with good performances in low-budget films, was selected by British director Michael Powell to play a "typical American girl" in 1945, and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1951 for A Streetcar Named Desire. Despite all that, she never became more than a vaguely familiar name at the box office, and briefly blacklisted in the McCarthy era. Some filmographies credit her with an appearance in A Canterbury Tale in 1944, but she doesn't appear to be in it.

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Kim Hunter was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actress for A Streetcar Named Desire (as Stella Kowalski) in 1951.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1951Best Supporting ActressA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)Stella KowalskiWon

She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television.

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Kim Hunter Quotes:

[last lines]
[waking up after operation]
Peter: Hello.
June: Hello.
Peter: We won.
June: I know darling.

Stella: Mr. Kowalski is too busy making a pig of himself... Your face and your fingers are disgustingly greasy.

Stella: I never listen to you when you're being morbid.

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Won the Critics Circle and Donaldson awards for her 1947-1948 Broadway debut performance as Stella in "A Streetcar Named Desire".

A one-time student of the Pasadena Playhouse, she was appearing in a 1942 production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" when she was discovered for film by a David O. Selznick talent representative. Kim was signed by RKO.

Joined a repertory group called "Theatre of Fifteen." It disbanded in 1942 when WWII took away most of its male members.

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